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>> take care. >> you too. >> thank you so much. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend." >> my understanding is that the british would arrest him and extradite him to sweden. >> wikileaks founder julian assange holed up in the ecuadorian embassy in london. waited until you hear how he may try to escape. we'll have a report. international outrage over the death of a pregnant teen. we'll explain why a government decision may have cost two lives and read some of your feedback. later, an unlikely police chief, a swimmer who won't give up, and the woman on the arm of the v.p. hopeful. we'll bring you the week's most intriguing people.
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it is sunday, august 19. good morning, everyone, i'm randi kaye. so glad you're with us this morning. his release of classified u.s. cables labeled him a hero to supporters of free speech and a villain to nations across the globe who struggle to repair diplomatic ties in the aftermath. today julian assange find himself at the center of another international incident as ecuador and great britain battle over the wikileaks founder's future. let's bring in our reporter outside of london this morning. that's where assange has been staying after being granted asylum by the south american country. good morning. ecuador's decision sparked a fight with britain which wants to extradite assange to sweden on allegations of sexual assault. now other countries are getting involved. what are officials saying? >> reporter: well, basically britain is saying they feel they have a duty and obligation to arrest him, extradite him to
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sweden. that's why you see all the british police lined up behind me. if julian assange were to step outside, british authorities say they would arrest him. we are expecting him, however, to make a statement at some point today. and they seem to be preparing that balcony for some statement later on. in the meantime, the group of south american nations is meeting to discuss this diplomatic standoff. as you can imagine, ecuador has been particularly vocal. take a listen it how president correa opened up the conference yesterday. >> transloiter: this unheard of threat to the united kingdom is a threat to all of us. i'm sure we'll conclude with a declaration that rejects colonialism as unacceptable in the 21st century and above all unacceptable to a dignified great country, free and sovereign. thank you very much, and welcome.
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>> reporter: now that threat that he's talking about is basically an implicit threat by the british authorities to strip the embassy of its diplomatic status if it is being misused and then go in and arrest assange. that would be a long and involved legal process. it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon. they're certainly not going to storm in and arrest him. britain says it wants to resolve the situation diplomatically through negotiations. so far it looks like a standoff, and julian assange could be in there indefinitely. randi? >> a lot of us have been wondering, folks talking about why ecuador. what's at stake for ecuador here? why do they have something in the race to try to help julian assange? >> reporter: well, you remember when he released all of those diplomatic cables, he made a lot of enemies but also made a few friends. some of them in latin america. and president correa was one of those who came out in support of julian assange and even came out
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and interviewed assange on his talk show. and during that interview, creigh said that if assange ever needed asylum, he was welcome in ecuador. he may not have expected assange to take him up on the offer, but that's what happened. he walked in and claimed asylum. he's been granted asylum, but he can't get to ecuador without traveling through british territory first and facing arrest. >> they became fast friends it sounds like. thank you very much, appreciate that. to syria where u.n. observers will leave the country four months after they arrived as a mandate to monitor a cease-fire. the mandate expires today even as the deal between the government and rebels to stop fighting never happened. the u.n. says it will maintain a presence after the observers leave. separately amid conflicting reports about his defection, the exact location of the syrian vice president is unknown. prayers marking the end of ramadan fasting could be telling. it shows senior leadership in attendance including president
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bashar al assad. the vice president is absent. the president of south africa is facing a call for his resignation after a shoot-out between striking miners and police left many dead. the bodyguard shown here, shoving our cnn reporter out of the way as she tried to question him, said the president did not tell police to use restraint and that as a result he must step down. police say they were acting in self-defense after trying to disperse worker who were demanding a pay increase. there's a call it mourn saying now is not the time to point fingers. now to the campaign trail. we have 79 days left until the election, and less than two weeks before the republican and democratic national conventions. gop vice presidential candidate paul ryan pumped up a crowd of
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seniors in florida yesterday. there he is with his mom, betty, who lives there part time. ryan turned his attention to medicare, fighting democrats' claims that his proposal saying medicare would turn into a complete voucher system. listen to what he told fox news -- >> as we got into looking at this issue, talking with democrats, it evolved to be a plan that is now bipartisan. the medicare reform plan originated in the clinton partisan commission to save medicare. it's a bill with bipartisan support, a proposal with bipartisan support in congress today. what mitt romney is talking about is making sure that we keep the program intact for people in or near retirement and providing this raid that president obama has put on the program to pay for obama care. by repealing obama care we can restore medicare, and also we are offering a bipartisan solution to make sure it's there for future retirees when they retire. >> nonpartisan fact-checker
6:07 am says their claims are "mostly false." president obama campaigned in new hampshire yesterday and defended his record. >> since i've been in office, i have strengthened medicare. [ applause ] >> i have made reforms that have tended the -- extended the life of the program that have saved millions of seniors with medicare hundred of dollars on their prescription drugs. [ applause ] >> the only changes to your benefits that i've made on medicare is that medicare covers new preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness visits for free. let's see what's on tap for the week ahead in politics. here's political editor paul steinhauser. >> reporter: good morning. i guess you could say they're getting the band back together. mitt romney and paul ryan have been campaigning separately since last weekend. tomorrow in new hampshire they will reunite again.
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the first time in a week at a town hall which the campaign says will be mitt romney's 100th since he started running for the white house a year ago. later in the week, both men do a lot of fund-raising in that important week leading up to the republican national convention in tampa, florida. also this week, president obama back on the campaign trail in two very important states -- ohio and then nevada. and vice president biden also campaigning, as well, in minnesota and in michigan. a busy campaign week. the last week before the two political conventions. randi? >> paul steinhauser, thank you very much. to the world of late night tv but no punchlines here. a source tells cnn that nbc has purged its payroll by laying off 20 to 25 employees from the "tonight show" with jay leno. the host is taking a substantial pay cut to keep more workers from losing their jobs. apparently the network is trying to clamp down on production costs. off the coast of cuba this morning, american diana nyad is trying to swim her way to key
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west, florida, and right into the record books. to do so the 62-year-old will have to make the 60-hour, 103-mile journey without a protective shark cage. earlier she spoke to cnn about getting in the water one more time after failing the last three times. >> on the one hand i'm feeling some pressure. as you mentioned, it's not the first time. we go dig back -- we can dig back, way back to 1978 when i was very young, in my 20s, coming up to the last couple of years. and a number of failures at this. so i'm feeling tremendous inner pressure that this has got to be it. this has got to be the last time. on the other hand, i have to tell you, i am sky high excited. my adrenaline is just pumping out of my skin. i'm ready for this. >> amazing. nyad started the swim late last night. so far, so good. her team is posting her progress on twitter. they say she is doing well except for a couple of jellyfish
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stings. people on lake michigan may get another chance today to see a fascinating yet frightening force of nature. take a look here. it is a water spout. in fact, nine of them formed on the lake yesterday. forecasters say conditions could trigger more today. that is quite a sight. the weather service says boaters should be on the alert. winds around water spouts can reach up to 60 miles per hour. there is so much confusion over medicare, and which political party really has the best plan for seniors. that's why dr. sanjay gupta is diving into the republican plan, sifting through the politics to tell you what it really does and doesn't do. plus, we'll tell you the story behind this dramatic rescue as this man is pulled to safety from below ground.
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there, but we wanted to try and boil down what the republicans want to do. >> the truth is we simply cannot continue to pretend like a medicare on track to become bankrupt at some point is acceptable. >> reporter: mitt romney says his changes would not affect current seniors or anyone nearing retirement. but down the road, medicare would be mostly privatized. he'd get a -- you'd get a voucher to buy your own insurance. could pick the medicare program like we have it now, or you could buy private insurance. here's a key point -- in the budget drawn up by romney's running mate, paul ryan, the size of the voucher would not grow as fast as health care costs have grown in recent years. >> great. will do. >> reporter: even if that point doesn't affect seniors now, it does make some of them nervous. >> is that voucher going to be enough to take care of your medical needs with the costs going up -- up and up? >> reporter: teresa walker is 67. in march, 2011, she discovered
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she had cancer. medicare covered most of her chemo and radiation therapy. and today, she's back to her active self. >> if i did not have medicare, i don't know if i could survive. and when you're on a fixed income, you know, there's other things that you have to pay for. and i wouldn't be able to live. >> reporter: democrat think this is a winning campaign issue. but so do republicans. >> we want this debate. >> reporter: and romney and ryan say competition, consumer choice is the only way to push down costs so that medicare can survive. [ applause ] >> reporter: there is one thing to keep in mind. that is that if mitt romney wins, he wants to roll back obama care which does allow seniors to pay less for prescription drugs. hundreds of dollars in certain cases. so if the law goes away, those seniors may start paying more. that might be one immediate change. randi? >> thank you very much, sanjay. it has been three years since a group of kids were
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he can't play on his pee wee football team because he's too darn big. elijah earnhardt is 6'1" and 297 pounds. at a recent weigh-in the league told the seventh grader he can't play even though he practiced for the team for weeks. his mom is protesting saying football is his dream. she says it breaks her heart to see her son cry and says that he's giving up. and from new york, there's a new get-tough policy for rowdy nfl fans. it takes effect this season. from now on, fans who are ejected for bad behavior will have to take a four-hour online course on anger management and alcohol abuse. if they don't, they won't be allowed back for future football games. they'll also have to pay, as well, up to $100. about 7,000 fans were kicked out of games last season. isn't it supposed to be fun? yeah. you may remember this story. three years ago, a philadelphia area swim club was sued for denying black and hispanic children from swimming in a
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local pool. now that case has been settled. our national correspondent, susan candiotti, has been following the story from the beginning and went back to speak with one of the children. >> reporter: marcus allen will never forget what happened just before we met in 2009. he was 12 years old and visibly shaken after he and his friends arrived at a predominantly white private philadelphia swim club. he said they heard this -- >> a lot of these black kids here, then they were saying, i'm afraid they might into something to my children. grandson they might try to steal some of my stuff or my -- to harm my children. i was amazed that they would think something like this. we're like just like you. like we're just like your kids. >> reporter: his mom had a signed, paid contract to use the pool for her summer camp. after that first day, the club's director pulled the plug, telling local media the kids' changed the "atmosphere and complexion" of the club.
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i replayed for marcus his unforgettable reaction back in 2009. i see tears coming down your face. why does this make you cry? >> because it's kind of like sad that people are still thinking like this when i felt like these days was over. >> reporter: you know, you touched a lot of people when they saw you that day and saw your reaction. >> i'm glad that people saw like -- felt what i felt. >> reporter: when it happened, marcus' mom swung into action. civil rights complaints were filed with the state of pennsylvania, and the u.s. justice department got involved. the valley club was sued, went bankrupt, and the property was sold for over $1 million. on thursday the justice department settled the case. proceeds from the sale will be divided among the children, camp, and counselors. what does this mean it you? what should it mean for all of us? >> it should mean never judge a
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book by its cover. meaning don't judge someone by the color of their skin. >> i think it's a great life lesson for these kids. they experienced something terrible, and justice prevailed. >> reporter: marcus is about to turn 15. a running back hopeful for his high school football team with big dreams for his future. >> i think everyone can see like thing differently and realize, yes, there is still some wrong in the world. but together we can make a difference and actually make a change. >> reporter: a change marcus concedes that isn't guaranteed. susan candiotti, cnn, philadelphia. even syrian president bashar al assad was seen celebrating the end of ramadan today. his right-hand man was nowhere to be found. we'll get the latest on talk of syria's vice president leaving the regime. humans -- even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans.
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today muslims everywhere are celebrating the end of ramadan, islam's holiest month with feasts and prayers. in syria violence rages on. syrian state tv showed president bashar al assad attending prayers in the capital. his vice president rumored yesterday to have dpekted was not at the -- have defected was not at the service. if he did disappear yesterday, it would be the longest in a line of disappointing
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disappearances. in july a high-profile general even left, some saying he could lead syria when assad is gone. now the question is -- who might be next to go. cnn's senior international correspondent, nick robertson, is following this from abu dh i dhabi. good morning. what is the latest on the vice president, any word on his whereabouts? >> reporter: well, the latest is clearly he's not in his role as the government says supporting the regime, otherwise he would have been there at the prayers sitting next to the president. equally, the free syrian army says they're still in contact with the commander, trying to escape across the border to jordan. it's an open question as to where he is. what we're seeing here, bashar al assad, a rare appearance, first time we've seen him in a month, his world is shrinking. this isn't the normal mosque he would go to for prayers in the center of damascus. he went it a mosque around the corner from his palace, an indication that he doesn't feel safe traveling the streets of damascus the way he used to.
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clearly we're seeing his political leadership erode. the vice president not in attendance. clearly not under government control. yesterday, three government ministers replaced. it's not looking good for bashar al assad. the whereabouts of the vice president, it's an open question that's worrying people in the free syrian army now. >> i'm sure it is. i want to ask about the united nations observer mission. ended today. did it accomplish anything? >> reporter: they went into observe a cease-fire which never came into effect. if we remember back in the early april, that cease-fire almost came into play. the death toll went down to single digits for a couple of days. then escalated back up where it is today, over 100 a day, people killed. by the time of the middle of that object irver mission in june, the observers switched from being observers they said to trying to organize periods of a decrease in the fighting,
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localized in sort of certain areas to help humanitarian supplies get in. that's what they were reduced to. that's why they're pulling out now. they couldn't fulfill their original mission. so they did play a role. they say they're not leaving entirely. there is going to be a new u.n. representative to syria like an algerian diplomat, lot of experience, well respected in the region. but what they've achieved on the ground definitely isn't what they set tout achieve. >> yeah. certainly a frustrating mission for them. thank you very much. julian assange will be back in the spotlight today as his lawyer speaks publicly from the embassy where assange is holed up. we'll take you to london for a preview of what might be said. ♪ (train horn)
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welcome back, everyone. thanks for starting your morning with us. i'm randi kay. it is half past the hour now. here's a look at headlines that we're watching this morning. the west nile virus has claimed another victim. this time the longest serving village president in lombard, illinois, william muller. he was 76 and already weakened by lead cancer. texas, the hardest hit state, reports 17 killed by west nile.
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in the epicenter of the outbreak, aerial spraying is halted because of bad weather. a scary moment for 173 passengers and crew aboard this united airlines flight. it was heading from newark to germany when a tire blew on takeoff and debris actually flew into the engine causing what eyewitnesses describe as fireballs, spewing flames near the left wing. the pilot was able to safely return the plane to new jersey. and check out this infrared video from the california department of forestry and fire protection. the cameras can actually see fire through the clouds. it is the same technology the military uses to map strategies on the battlefield. firefighters in california and washington state are also glad to see slightly cooler temperatures this weekend, helping them get an upper hand on a long line of wildfires that have been skroercorching that a. people in new york city neighborhoods are fed up with gun violence. they're starting something new. they're occupying the most dangerous street corners in each
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borough to see now more killings. they're calling it a symbol of the community's outrage over bloodshed. and julian assange, a man who is no stranger to the media after his wikileaks organization released sensitive u.s. cables. but assange has kept a low profile in recent months after seeking asylum to avoid extradition to sweden on charges of sexual assault. that is until today when he is expected to make his first public appearance since march. we'll have a live report in moments. uhuh yep uch let's find you a room. at, you'll always find the perfect hotel. because we only do hotels. wow. i like that. nice no. laugh... awe uch ooh, yeah hmm nice huh book it! oh boy call me... this summer, we're finding you the perfect place - plus giving you up to $100 at
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we've been telling you this morning that wikileaks' founder julian assange may actually speak today. his lawyer is getting ready to speak in just moments outside the ecuadorian embassy in london. that's where we find our reporter, in london out the embassy where assange has sought refuge for a couple of months now. what is the very latest from
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there? any ideas on what julian assange might say today? >> reporter: well, we are expecting him to make a public statement. it would be his first in months since he was last seen in march of this year. now we're not exactly sure how that's going to happen. of course if he steps out the door here, he risk arrest by british authorities. you can see all the different police officers rhine lined up here. britain said they feel it's their duty to arrest and extradite him to sweden for questioning. the other option is he may make a public statement from that pal connie right over there where you see the ecuador flag. they seem to be setting it up, but we're not 100% sure that's where he's going to be making a statement. meantime, his lawyer is due to make a statement in the next hour or so. he, of course, is renowned human rights lawyer and is representing assange. we expect him to talk to the press any time now. >> is there any chance that police would try and storm the
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embassy? >> reporter: no. there's no sense of that at all. obviously there is a heavy police presence. they're lined up in front of the embassy largely i think because of the assange supporters that have come out to hear him today. no sense that they're going to storm the embassy. but it has to be said, the british foreign office did essentially tell the ecuadorian foreign ministry that this was a law that allowed britain to strip the diplomatic status of the embassy if it was being misused. it was an implicit threat. however, the process would take many months of legal wrangling, would be contested by ecuador and other countries, as well. in fact, there's a meeting of south american nations now to protest against this veiled threat. so it seems unlikely that they would storm in and grab assange and arrest him. clearly, it's something that ecuador and other countries have not taken time to do. >> thank you. a grieving mother in the
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dominican republic says her pregnant teenager daughter died because doctors failed to put her health first. she says that they waited too long to give the 16-year-old leukemia patient chemotherapy because of the country's stringent anti-abortion laws. cnn's senior latin american affairs editor, raphael romo, is following the story. >> reporter: the teenage girl i doed from complications of leukemia -- died from complications of leukemia, according to authorities at the hospital where she was treated. doctors were hesitant to give her chemotherapy because such treatment could terminate the pregnancy, a violation of the dominican constitution which bans abortion. she was originally admitted to the hospital in early july. but 20 days passed before she began receiving the chemotherapy that could have saved her life. an official told cnn her condition worsened thursday. she suffered a miscarriage friday following cardiac arrest. she died a few hours later.
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>> the girl's mother reacted with great sadness saying that she feels as if she's died, as well, and that her daughter of the reason of her existence. she also said they have killed her. doctors who treated the patient said that the chances of survival for the teenager were slim when she was admitted at the hospital, even without education into account the fact that she was ten weeks pregnant. >> translator: when we first publicly spoke about her case, we said that she was a patient with a really bad prognosis. not so much because she was pregnant but because of the characteristics of her kind of leukemia. >> reporter: the case of this teenage girl stirred debate in her country. the question many are asking is whether she would have been able to survive had she been treated with chemotherapy right after she was admitted to the hospital. according to article 37 of the dominican constitution the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception until death. courts have interpreted this as
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a strict mandate against abortion. article 37 passed in 2009, also abolished the death penalty. ravel romo, cnn, atlanta. >> we've been getting so much feedback. a lot of you with very strong feelings. i wanted to share what some of you have had to say. david wrote, "who are you to take away her hope or chance at the slim odds? this is not a silly partisan issue, this is health and justice versus religious dogma." lawrence said, "who was responsible for that decision? i want a name." another meningo said, "what a -- another message said, "what a sad, sad outcome." what do you think? you can find me on twitter at @randikayecnn. her husband is number two on the republican ticket. now she has no luxury of keeping a low profile. making the most intriguing people list. then a plane makes an emergency landing in the middle
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a police chief caught in controversy. a 62-year-old swimmer tout break her own record. and the democratic ties of the gop vice presidential candidate's wife. we have this week's most intriguing people. nice to have you back. missed you the last couple of weeks. >> thank you very much. yes, i was in south africa. interestingly enough, our first intriguing person comes from south africa. the police commissioner, she only became the police commissioner in june of this
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year. and there was huge controversy over her appointment because she has no experience in policing at all, she comes from a corporate background. she is a social worker and has a diploma from a scottish university. >> now she has to deal with one of the biggest events that's occurred in south africa in years, right, the shooting and the killing of all these miners and police officers. >> 34 dead, 78 injured. it is a public relations nightmare. a human tragedy. and we will be hearing a lot from her, from the commissioner in the next week on how this all -- and to defend the police. >> on a brighter note, you also have an inspirational swimmer making your list. the 62-year-old trying to swim from cuba to florida. it's not the first time. >> no, this is her fourth attempt. and she will be doing it -- she has to be in the water for around 60 hours nonstop, if she makes it. >> wow. >> the last time her jellyfish sting thwarted the entire thing. i heard you say earlier she had
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a couple of stings. >> yes, talking about diana nyad, of course. i read that she's wearing a protective suit this time. we know she doesn't have the shark cage and all that. but this is a protective swimsuit because she can't wear a wet suit to make the record. she is covered head to toe with some sort of mask on her face, as well, because of the jellyfish. >> let's hope she makes it. she turns 6 3 in a couple of days. >> wow. >> then we go to politics and janna ryan. paul ryan's wife. interestingly enough, has ties to the democratic party. >> really? >> yes. >> how so? >> her cousin is a democrat with the house of representatives. her uncle is the former democratic governor of oklahoma. and she went to george washington university, so she has a law degree. >> uh-huh. >> she also went to wellesley college where hillary clinton went and madeleine albright went. when it was announced that her
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husband was the vice presidential candidate she wore a dress from kohl's. >> nice. >> here's a woman -- >> a la michelle obama there. >> exactly. a dress that was $70 but $35 on sale. she did inherit a couple of million dollars when her mother died from cancer in 2010. so it t will -- it will be interesting to see how it transpires. a young ohio student took the domain he is a ryan and romney fan. he says all he wants if romney is elected is an invite to the inauguration, and he will give the domain back. >> wow. that is an aggressive kid right there. all right. thank you very much for the list today. appreciate it. all right. listen to this -- not only did air france make an emergency landing in syria's war-torn capital, but the crew asked passengers for money for fuel. the plane was headed from paris to beirut but couldn't land at beirut's airport because of
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security concerns. the crew decided instead to land in damascus. keep in mind that air france quit flying there this year because of tensions in syria. an air france spokeswoman confirmed that passengers were asked if they had cash since it's the only form of payment accepted for fuel there. ultimately air france paid the bill itself. the flight made it to beirut the next day. the u.s. justice department want to know why police in michigan fired dozens of shots at a homeless man holding knife. you may wonder why, too, after you see video of the controversial shooting.
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the u.s. just department is launching an investigation into the police shooting of a homeless man in saginaw, michigan. this comes after video was
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released showing police shooting and killing milton hall after he stepped forward toward them with a knife. he must -- we have to warn you here, you may find the video disturbing. we're showing it because it sheds light on how police handled the case. here's cnn's national correspondent, jason carroll. >> reporter: a joint investigation is underway into the shooting. amateur video details what happened during the final moments. i do have to warn you, the video is graphic. [ shouting ] >> reporter: this amateur video purchased by cnn and not made public until now captured the confrontation between six saginaw police officers and milton hall, a 49-year-old man who his family says suffered from serious mental health issues. hall, seen in the middle of your screen, police say, had just had a run-in with a convenience store clerk. he was in a standoff with police and holding some sort of knife. a female officer is heard shouting. >> put the knife down! >> i ain't putting it down --
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>> put the knife down! >> reporter: if you listen carefully, hall is continuing to yell at police -- he seems agitated but not intemperature dain temperatutim dated by a police dog -- intim dated by a police dog. heard the video a witness describes what he sees. >> about to go ham on them. >> reporter: as hall appears to take a few steps, everything comes to a head. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: local media report 46 shots were fired. cnn counted the sounds of at least 30 shots on the videotape. anthony baber witnessed the shooting. >> all of a sudden, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, and he drops, you know. pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, and he drops. i was about where that blue van is. i was parked in my van.
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>> reporter: tabitha perry saw it, too. >> i heard one of the officers say something to the fact where put the knife down or i'll let the dog go. >> reporter: do you believe the officers were justified in what they did? >> no, i don't. no, i don't. what they did -- there was a better way to do it. i think their judgment was off. >> reporter: perry is not alone. hall's mother says saginaw police overreacted: >> emotionally i have a lot of pain, and i'm stunned that six human beings were standing in front of one human being and fired 46 shots. i just don't understand that. >> reporter: on the day of the shooting, july 1, the saginaw police chief defended his officer's actions. >> this is someone that from our understanding has a long history. not only with police from our department but with the county,
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known to be an assaultive person. >> reporter: over the last month members of the community have voiced outrage over the shooting, not satisfied with the police investigation into the officer's response. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: we showed the video of the shooting to security council criticalman norman braddock. >> i can see why people are traumatized by looking at something like that. we need answers. >> reporter: braddock has been critical of what he calls the slow pace of the shooting investigation. could it be that investigators are trying to make sure they're doing a thorough job, and that's why the investigation is -- >> i'm sure that has something to do with it, but at the same time, it should be a top priority. >> reporter: the michigan state police lead investigator would not discuss the case, instead referring us to the saginaw county prosecutor who told us, "i can't tell you when the case is going to be completed. the matter is being thoroughly investigated by an independent police agency. the michigan state police along
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with the michigan attorney general's office." hall's mother already feels she knows the answer to the question of whether police used too much force. >> it appeared to be a firing squad dressed in police unifo s uniforms. and there was another way. they did not have to kill him. >> reporter: jason carroll, cnn, saginaw, michigan. in a written statement to cnn, michigan state police said, "our focus is on conducting a complete and thorough investigation rather than a hasty one." meanwhile, a group of michigan pastors and other community members rallied to support milton hall yesterday. he'll called for justice, sang songs, and prayed for peace. there is no place like home. for julian assange, home is now the ecuadorian embassy in london. a look at what life is like in asylum for the wikileaks founder. on ] friday night has always been all fun and games here at the hutchison household. but one dark stormy evening...
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welcome back. it is sunday. let's look at some of the big stories that we will be following in the week ahead. on monday, mitt romney and paul ryan will be campaigning in new hampshire. we'll have more on that, of course, in a couple of minutes. and on wednesday, we have the 9/11 gitmo hearing, accused terrorist shaikh muhammad and co-defendants will have have a hearing. moved to accommodate ramadan prayers. thursday, we'll focus on james holmes. stay tuned for live coverage of his hearing. he's accused of killing 12 and injuriin 58 at the pbatman screening last th


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